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Innovative New Music trumpeter Stephen Ruppenthal commands attention right out of the game. Or perhaps, more specifically, he commands it right out the "NGate" - the subtitle of the opening track on Flamethrower, his Ravello Records debut.The album contains world premieres of five pieces for trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, and crotale, composed specifically for Ruppenthal by Allen Strange, Bruno Liberda, Elainie Lillios, and Brian Belet. From the first notes of Velocity Studies V: NGate, listeners might recall the spirit of Miles Davis's Electric Era, as delayed trumpet blasts echo deep into their psyche. Ruppenthal's playing also alludes to the works of trumpeters like Jon Hassell and Nils Petter Molvaer. What sets Ruppenthal's expressive trumpet performances apart is the way they're informed by digital sound processing and interactive electroacoustics. The combination of organic and synthesized sounds come together to form a cohesive sonic landscape steeped with an edgy, introspective feeling throughout. Tracks like "a sphere of air is bound" show the trumpeter extending his instrument from its traditional sound. Ruppenthal's trumpet is simultaneously processed and multiplied by the Kyma system, which mimics sounds from deep within a dense jungle soundscape. Ruppelthal uses the haunting reverberations of the crotale to open Lillios' November Twilight, the album's centerpiece. As his bursts of trumpet pierce through the track's sonic landscape, the trumpeter adds intermittent vocalizations, taking inspiration for the Haiku poem by Wally Swist, and substratal sonance, contributing further ripples to the atmosphere. This all builds to a triumphant swell of trumpets that shimmer amid the piece's darker tones, a dichotomy creating contrast and depth, and enhancing the many facets and moods of the work.
Item number RR7954
Barcode 636160196095
Release date 3/10/2017
Category Classical Music
Number of units 1
Classical Artist Ruppenthal, Stephen
Disc: 1
Velocity Studies V "NGate"00:07:00
1 Velocity Studies V "NGate" 00:07:28 Ruppenthal, Stephen
A Sphere of Air Is Bound00:12:00
2 A Sphere of Air Is Bound 00:11:46 Liberda, Bruno Ruppenthal, Stephen
November Twilight00:11:00
3 November Twilight 00:10:55 Lillios, Elainie Ruppenthal, Stephen Ruppenthal, Stephen
Misty Magic Land00:10:00
4 Misty Magic Land 00:10:05 Belet, Brian Strange, Allen Ruppenthal, Stephen
System of Shadows00:13:00
5 System of Shadows: I. Aurora Borealis 00:04:12 Belet, Brian Ruppenthal, Stephen Ruppenthal, Stephen
6 System of Shadows: II. Andromeda's Dream 00:06:06 Belet, Brian Ruppenthal, Stephen Ruppenthal, Stephen
7 System of Shadows: III. Zephyr Apparition 00:03:12 Belet, Brian Ruppenthal, Stephen Ruppenthal, Stephen
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